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The number of nurseries going bust has almost doubled in the past year because of the "soaring costs" of childcare, according to a leading accountancy firm. The national living wage, high staff-to-child ratios and Government administration costs were cited as factors in 29 nurseries becoming insolvent in England and Wales…
Nicola Sturgeon has acknowledged flexibility issues remain with her flagship free childcare policy after campaigners warned provision in most parts of Scotland is unsuitable for working parents. The First Minister said she is working with councils to improve flexibility, claiming her commitment to expand free childcare even further to 30…
Childcare provision in most parts of Scotland remains unsuitable for working parents, according to a parent-led campaign group. A survey of local authorities by the Fair Funding for our Kids group has indicated some parents are still struggling to access their full free childcare entitlement. The Scottish Government increased the…
Perth & Kinross Council's Early Education and Childcare Strategy Team have announced details of their 'Introduction to Becoming a Childminder' sessions for people considering childminding as a career option, and Pre-registration Training courses, both of which are free to attend. The sessions provide a relaxed opportunity not only to find…
Following major legislative changes in Wales over the last five years, the Care Council for Wales (CCW) have announced they have updated three Early years and Childcare resources to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose. Recruiting Well, Inducting Well and Supervising/ Appraising Well - See more at: http://www.ccwales.org.uk/news/2016/07/26/early-years-and-childcare-exciting-new-developments/#sthash.TGIG9xOp.dpuf Employers are now being…
A nursery nurse has been struck off for calling a toddler a "terrorist" and a "bomber". Nikki Alexander lost her job at Busy Bees nursery in Edinburgh for a catalogue of racist and physical abuse, and swearing at children all under the age of two. The Scottish Social Services Council…
New research from Loughborough University published today reveals that childcare costs are leaving working couples £2,600 a year short of a decent living standard. This year’s analysis of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for the UK highlights the impact the prohibitive cost of childcare has on parents’ ability to make…
New Cabinet Minister Andrea Leadsom has been branded "ignorant" after saying it would be sensible not to employ a man to look after children in case they are a paedophile. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said the remarks were so "stupid" that Prime Minister Theresa May should fire her. Mrs…
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